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We Know Where You Live

Wired has a rather arresting article on the “Location-Aware Lifestyle” we’re now living with social media sites and software like Flickr, Twitter, blogs, FaceBook, etc., etc., etc.

To test whether I was being paranoid, I ran a little experiment. On a sunny Saturday, I spotted a woman in Golden Gate Park taking a photo with a 3G iPhone. Because iPhones embed geodata into photos that users upload to Flickr or Picasa, iPhone shots can be automatically placed on a map. At home I searched the Flickr map, and score–a shot from today. I clicked through to the user’s photostream and determined it was the woman I had seen earlier. After adjusting the settings so that only her shots appeared on the map, I saw a cluster of images in one location. Clicking on them revealed photos of an apartment interior–a bedroom, a kitchen, a filthy living room. Now I know where she lives.

Y’know, I work with computers for a living, and I keep an eye on developing technology, and every time I wonder if I’m being too paranoid I discover that I’m not being paranoid enough.

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Posted in Computers & Internet January 29th, 2009 by Chip
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